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Practice Time at the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic

Posted by stephen on February 17, 2014


(Photo by: Seigo Saito)

Anytime an angler has the opportunity to fish a tournament at one of the top bass fisheries in the world they will be excited.  When it happens to be the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic, I don’t think you can even put the feeling into words.  This year we could see many of the records broken or even shattered.  With so many big fish swimming in Guntersville, anything could happen!

My practice has been slow so far.  My first couple days here, I drove around a lot, but only managed a few bites each day.  Today, I spent more time actually fishing and managed about seven bites which is more encouraging, but not quite what I’m looking for.  My goal is to cover a lot of water and hopefully stumble across a bigger concentration of quality fish.  It’s what I need to find if I want to have a chance at winning this thing.  With 30+ lb stringers winning the last few weekend tournaments at Guntersville, I know that I will really need to catch them come tournament time.  I think that kicker bite, 8+ lb fish, each day will be the key, especially when shooting for that 30 lb mark.

This tournament sets up a lot differently than most Elite tournaments in the sense that all you are trying to do is win.  I’m not saying that everyone, including myself, isn’t trying to win every tournament, but this is the Bassmaster Classic.  There are no points on the line, and every decision can make or break your Classic experience.  I’m hoping Friday, I make the right decisions and give myself a chance at this thing.  I’m looking forward to hitting the water and learning as much as I can until then.  And who knows?  Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to get onto something that can win this thing.  – SB